GRANTEE, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Sylvester Brown Jr. has been a journalist and social justice advocate since 1987 when he started Take Five Magazine, a community-based, investigative publication. In 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hired him as a metro columnist where he worked for eight years on columns that were provocative, controversial and above all well read. In 2012, Sylvester began "The Sweet Potato Project," a summer program aimed at teaching "at-risk" youth entrepreneurial skills. Brown provides a special insight into the 63106 Project as he spent several years of his childhood in those neighborhoods, and has lived there for the past several years.